Former Cal standout Sofie (Andersson) Aagaard enters her third season as an assistant coach for the women's golf program in 2014-15.
The 2006 Cal graduate was the first three-time All-American in program history and returned to Berkeley in the role vacated when Anna Temple took the head coaching job at UC Davis, continuing the streak of former players and assistant under Nancy McDaniel that have gone on to head their own programs.
"The mentorship that Sofie offers both academically and athletically is priceless for the young women on the present Cal team," McDaniel said. "Her knowledge of what it takes at the next level and her ability to communicate that to the players is exactly what we are looking for in an assistant coach and is highly motivating for the Cal team. The program is continually fortunate to have former players come back and coach/teach our current players. Sofie will be the third Bear to do this after Anne Walker (Stanford Head Coach) and Anna Temple (UC Davis Head Coach)."
Originally from Sweden, Aagaard began her college career as a freshman at Mississippi State University, earning SEC All-Conference Honors before transferring to Cal in 2003. While at Cal, she was a three- time All-American and a member of the team finishing in the top 5 at the NCAA Championships three years in a row (2004-2006). Aagaard finished her career with a school-record 74.2 average for the Bears.
Qualifying for the professional tour right out of Cal, Aagaard played six years on the Symetra Tour and the LPGA in addition to competing in two US Women's Open Championships (Oakmont 2010, the Broadmoor 2011).
While competing on tour, Aagaard was also engaged in improving the Symetra Tour from a player's standpoint by being a member of the Player Advisory Board.
She was most recently living in San Luis Obispo, Ca. where she spent the fall of 2012 as a volunteer women's golf coach for the Cal Poly Mustangs.
Sofie married Christian Aagaard in November 2012.